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short note on Inagiku

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short note on Inagiku

Dbird | Feb 7, 2006 10:41 PM

I mentioned in an earlier thread on uni that I planned my first lunch at Inagiku the other day and thought I would post a short note as i haven't seen anything lately.

First, the service was bewilderingly slow. I was dining with an older couple and after close to 30 minutes he called the waitress over to tell her he was hungry. Our first course was 2 miso soups and 1 sashimi and they were delivered about 30 seconds after he asked, suggesting they were actually ready but had been forgotten by our waitress?

That aside, my guests pronounced the soups (which were surprisingly dark) delicious and I loved the pickled hamachi with miso. I had been trying to decide among the foie gras sushi, the uni canapes and the beef tataki with foie gras sauce and just pulled this wild card at the last second. It turned out to be an excellent choice and far better than the eel hakata ('napoleon) which was just a mess, layering eel and enoki and eel and bamboo and eel and spinach and a pile of piperade on the side and a big lump of rice on the bottom. No sense or integration at all. They had tuna three ways (which was presented very prettily) and the sushi lunch, respectively, and seemed quite pleased.

Overall the place was more informal and spacious than I had anticipated and I came away thinking they clearly do some things better than others and it will be worth figuring that out. That said, I have confirmed my suspicion that this as a place for business and at this point don't see returning on my own.

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